William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

November 8 - December 2, 2023

Love is magic and mayhem. Two young lovers flee to the forest, hoping to find solace from the laws of the city, but feuding fairies have other ideas, throwing love triangles, potions, a troupe of bumbling thespians, and a donkey head into the mix. With a midwinter twist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings whimsical warmth and adventures to this classically summer tale perfect for the whole family.

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is delighted to collaborate with the Q-Kidz Dance Team in our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. These talented young dancers take the stage as fairies, infusing the play with their boundless energy and captivating choreography.

Founded by Marquicia Jones-Woods in 1982, Q-Kidz Dance Team plays a vital role in encouraging and inspiring the creative expression for Cincinnati’s youth through dance and education. For four decades, Marquicia, known as Ms. Quicy to the girls, and her daughters, Chariah and Mariah, have been champions for the Cincinnati community, serving over 100 youths annually through Q-Kidz. Extending beyond dance, Q-Kidz provides essential life skills through programs focused on drug prevention, wellness, and enrichment. They are a beacon of hope and opportunity for Cincinnati's youth, empowering them to thrive.

This collaboration blends artistic excellence with community enrichment, highlighting the way creativity and collaboration transforms lives. The Q-Kidz dancers, with their dedication and talent, adds an enchanting dimension to this production.

We celebrate these young performers and their impact. Their involvement showcases the arts' ability to unite communities and amplify young voices. Join us in applauding the Q-Kidz Dance Team as we bring the magic of Shakespeare to life.

To learn more about Q-Kidz, visit q-kidz.org

Pictured Q-Kidz: Karlee Armstead, Zakari Clark, De’Unniey Crawford, Queen Hadden, Shalin Harmon and Makenzie Roberts

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Education Partners:

This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

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Season Sponsors:

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Introducing the Q-Kidz Fairies:

Karlee Armstead, Zakari Clark, De’Unniey Crawford, Queen Hadden, Shalin Harmon and Makenzie Roberts

Directed by Sara Clark

Scenic Design: Samantha Reno
Costume Design: Rainy Edwards
Lighting Design: Aiden Bezark
Sound and Projection Design: Robert Carlton Stimmel 
Assistant Sound Design: Grace Randall 
Properties Design: Kara Eble Trusty
Fight Director: Gina Cerimele-Mechley
Choreography: Darnell Pierre Benjamin 
Q-Kidz Choreography: Mariah Jones 
Q-Kidz Choreography: Chariah Jones 
Production Stage Manager: Cole Sweasy*
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Mitchell*

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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